Nicola Griffiths

Senior Lecturer

School of Digital, Technologies and Arts

Nicola is a visual artist with a specialism in life drawing and visual analysis. Her main area of interest lies in anthropological analysis of visual imagery.

I am a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for the Game Art and Concept Art for Games and Film Foundation degrees, lecturing across both courses. I have a background in Fine Art with a specialism in traditional drawing and portraiture, with a further discipline in visual analysis and environmental storytelling.

Since joining the Games and Visual Effects team in 2016, I have developed my love of traditional observational drawing into the digital realms, with further skills in digital sculpting and digital painting.

In my spare time I like to paint portraits of early 1990’s WWF wrestlers and embroider offensive phrases in floral cross-stitch.

Academic qualifications

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education, Staffordshire University.
  • MA in Visual Culture, Manchester Metropolitan University.
  • BA (Hons) in Fine Art, Staffordshire University


  • Environmental storytelling
  • Traditional art production
  • Visual analysis

Research interests

  • Games and Concept art
  • Illustration and graphic design
  • Nostalgia and souvenirs
  • Visual culture
  • Anthropological art production



  • Life drawing
  • Digital painting
  • Art theory
  • Environmental storytelling
  • Visual culture and analysis
  • Game and Concept Art production
  • Independent projects
  • Collaborative modules
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Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

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